Breaking Bad Renewed For Final Season

After protracted and tense negotiations with producer Sony Pictures TV, AMC has renewed Breaking Bad for a 16-episode final season.

According to TVLine’s sister site Deadline, the final batch of episodes — to be shot next year — may air together or be separated into two separate cycles.

With a pickup deal done, Sony is expected to begin talks with Bad showrunner Vince Gilligan, whose pact expires at the end of the Emmy-winning drama’s current fourth season.

“It’s a funny irony, I’d hate to know the date of my own last day on earth, but I’m delighted to know what Walter White’s will be — episodically speaking,” Gilligan said in a statement. “This is a great gift to me and to my wonderful writers. It’s knowledge which will allow us to properly build our story to a satisfying conclusion. Now,  if we don’t manage to pull that off,  we’ve got no one to blame but ourselves.”